Verizon iPhone 4 as a gift..?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Quad 2.5 G5 =), Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    #1
    So, with only 5 days until Christmas...I have a question on a gift for the significant other. She's on Verizon, and I'd like to get her an iPhone 4 for Christmas. However, I don't want her to have to re-do her contract or change her plan or anything too complicated. I found a used one with a good ESN and in great condition.

    Question is, could I buy it, ship it to her, then she'd simply take it to the Verizon store and have them activate it on her phone line, deactivating her other one, or is it more complicated than that?

    Can someone who's bought a used Verizon iPhone 4 as a gift chip in and tell me how to do this?
     
  2. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Location:
    Nor Cal, USA
    #2
    Yes, you can do as you stated. You could also do it over the phone; don't even have to go to a Verizon store.

    She will have to add a data plan if she does not already have one.
     
  3. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

    Givmeabrek

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Location:
    NY
    #3
    You can do it online. Just switch the ESN. Simple.
     
  4. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

    AppleFanatic10

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2010
    Location:
    Encino, CA
    #4
    If you got the iPhone from craigslist just make sure that you activate it in a VZW store with the previous owner, just in case.
     
  5. Quad 2.5 G5 =) thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    #5
    She's on some form of family plan (not sure what), with unlimited data, although she doesn't have a smartphone, but unlimited everything else. What would she have to change?
     
  6. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Location:
    Nor Cal, USA
    #6
    smartphone data plan is different from non-smartphone data. It might be worth talking to a CS rep to see if they can grandfather her into unlimited smartphone data since she already has unlimited feature phone data.
     
  7. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

    Rocko1

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    #7
    Call Verizon while you are with the seller-before cash is given- to confirm the ESN is good. Too many horror stories over bad ESN's.
     
  8. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    #8
    Also make sure you pay through something like paypal with a creditcard so you have both paypal and your creditcard you can dispute the transaction with. If the seller says cash/check/money order only, you know something is up.
     
  9. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

    Rocko1

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    #9
    I agree with you but only for eBay transactions. Most craigslist sellers will not take Paypal-don't want to pay the fees. Your safest-but not cheapest-best is to buy one on ebay from a seller who has a great feedback rating-99.8% or higher, and offers real pictures of the phone-not stock pictures-and offers a return policy-pay with paypal only. You may pay more, but you are protected.
     
  10. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2010
    Location:
    Chicago
    #10
    Did this exactly with my wife's iphone 4. Great price and works great!
     
  11. Quad 2.5 G5 =) thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    #11
    Sounds like a plan. Thank you for all the advice. :)
     

Share This Page